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Updated December 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Part of Something Greater, Serve the Nation, Great Benefits that get better as time goes on, Smart people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Interesting work, high impact, passionate colleagues, travel and training opportunities (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, work is sometimes tedious (in 4 reviews)

  • Working in a classified environment can affect work efficiency and personal life (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Intelligence Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at CIA as a contractor

    Pros

    Work is challenging and exciting.

    Cons

    Politics within the agency. Staff more concerned with their own careers than with the mission.


  2. "Afraid to Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment, very technical and significant amount or IT to be involved with. Many one of a kind type problem solving occurs daily.

    Cons

    Risk averse, don't like critical thinkers, many agendas throughout,

  3. "Interesting Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    You will have many experiences you will not have in corporate America. The work can be exciting.

    Cons

    The management class either was not part of nor remembers what it was like to work in the field.

    Security is a little draconian and way behind the times!

    Many career services inside do not get paid what they are worth and others get paid more that their worth. Everyone wants to start at the top and not work their way up.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA as an intern

    Pros

    Treats employee well (for certain departments only)

    Cons

    Strict rules (ie no cell phone usage)


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Clunky bureaucracy with cowardly leaders, but lots of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Overseas travel, training, variety of career options in one Agency; amazing mission

    Cons

    Very insular and cliquish, struggling to support and retain minorities, awkward and ineffective performance evaluation system

    Advice to Management

    The lack of leadership courage throughout the organization shows and that's why people are leaving. Do what is right by the workforce and develop, promote, and support all officers equally.


  6. "Great Mission; Strangling Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are passionate about serving your country, this organization will be a good fit. The job is immensely rewarding on a personal level.

    Cons

    Over the last decade, the CIA has experienced a significant decrease in funding across the board. This means that different departments scramble to make the most out of their smaller budgets with the overall impact being less operations. At the same time, with less money to do operations, the importance of operational success has gone up and that has led to increasing bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. Doesn't look like the incoming administration has any more favorable attitude towards the intelligence community than the last administration did. With no money, solid talent is hard to attract.


  7. "Working in Government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Stability, flexibility, you can keep trying multiple different career paths or stay in a field for speciality or expertise, steady work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, expected to move to new jobs every 2-3 years, too much change, cant work from home since work is classified, either you are bored or stressed out

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees find good mentors and challenging work, keep them motivated, help them when having a hard time too

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Amazing Work, Poor Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, most dedicated people you'll ever work with. There's nothing like the sense of accomplishment you get when something you did has real impact. The work itself is extremely important and endlessly fascinating.

    Cons

    It's a big, clunky bureaucracy. There's a sense "competitive martyrdom"--i.e. the sense that the more of your personal life you sacrifice, the more committed you are. There's really no allowance for a family life. The Agency and the mission come first. Everything else is expected to be a distant second.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to be re-built from scratch. The Agency as a whole also needs to adapt to the reality that employees have a life outside of work and that is important to keep them performing well. Additionally, the pay system needs to be scrapped. The current system pushes everyone to the middle because there is no pay for performance or benefit for taking on more responsibility.


  9. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience and exposure to many types of technology

    Cons

    Limited Growth Potential for long term employees

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CIA Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CIA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People, Culture, Environment, Education Opportunities, Office

    Cons

    Slow, Bureaucracy, Slower, Slowest, Slowly


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